[vcf-midatlantic] VHS tapes for backup drives back in 80s/early 90s?

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Tue May 11 18:32:47 UTC 2021

On 5/11/21 2:27 PM, John Heritage via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> Hey all - just curious if anyone actually used modified VHS tape
> players/recorders for backing up their BBS or computer in generally back in
> the actual day?
> I understand you can get a few GB on the tapes which would have been a huge
> amount in the late 80s and still useful up until at least the mid-90s..
> If yes what was the setup, and how did it attach to your computer?  what
> software was used?

  I ran a Metrum data tape system at a US Gov't-related facility in the
early 1990s on a VAX.  It used VHS tapes, and the interface was a Qbus
board.  We required no software other than standard VMS BACKUP.  I don't
recall the capacity offhand, but it was LARGE.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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